Forum: LED Longevity Skeptic; Jeckyl and Hyde in Providence; Health Care Overhead

Monday, February 08, 2016
LED Longevity Skeptic

To the Editor:

Breaking from politics, this is some commentary about LED lights.

First, I’ve been an electrician for 35 years, and before that spent a few years in electronics, where we had LEDs. They’re not new, but back then they were only for indicators; they were incapable of projecting light. So I’m not new to this, and I deal with making suggestions about light fixtures for our customers. I always offer them this advice.

The claims of manufacturers and retailers about the long life of LED bulbs and fixtures is misleading at best; I wish some agency would take them to task for possible false advertising. These products haven’t existed for that long; the life projections are based on laboratory testing and computer modeling. Read the fine print on the packaging.

While the light source, the LEDs, may last that long, the device that makes them work will not. It’s an electronic device, subject to failure from power spikes or unknown reasons, same as failure of your computer, TV or other electronic device. We’ve installed many LED lamps and fixtures, and also replaced many of them, or the drivers that make them work.

So just take LED light advertising with a large grain of salt.

Stephen Raymond


Thanks, Co-op Staff

To the Editor:

I have been meaning to write to thank and praise all the folks who work at the in-town Hanover Co-op. Their patience and assistance during the long renovation period were incredible. They were always there to help, direct us to whatever we were looking for. They made all the difference.

And for anyone who hasn’t been to the store lately, you will be absolutely delighted to shop in our “new” Co-op.

Sandra Hoeh


Je kyll and Hyde in Providence

To the Editor:

Having moved here from Rhode Island a couple of years ago, your Feb. 3 editorial about Buddy Cianci (“A Mayor to Remember”) brings back memories — both good and bad. The mayor, true to his Je kyll and Hyde persona, ended up on both sides of the ledger: His tenacity in rebuilding Providence gives us something to miss with its abundance of fine eateries, shopping venues and arts and entertainment districts.

Yet, this is contrasted against a dark underbelly of Rhode Island business as usual: good old boy deals for the benefit of the few at a cost to the very many. Leaving there after almost 60 years leaves a bittersweet taste, but until Rhode Islanders can figure it out, it will only be a place to visit. To varying degrees, it is our nature to be Cianci-like: to accomplish in powerful strokes and bask in those accomplishments, only to be brought back down to Earth. He, like the rest of us, was only human — perhaps too human.

David DelSesto


Health Care Overhead

To the Editor:

Having recently helped a friend renew her supplemental health insurance, I was astounded by the amount of complexity the current system involves. First, we spent several hours learning about the overwhelming number of choices available to her from One Exchange, the health care exchange that now handles the health care coverage of DHMC retirees. Then we were on the phone for over an hour with a One Exchange representative reconfirming information (particularly medications), determining if she was choosing the most appropriate plan, and arranging billing. After that there were faxes and a voided check to be sent. And to think we will have to go through the same process next year! Surely, one advantage of universal health care would be to jettison much of the overhead (with enrollees and with providers) that we currently pay for in premiums.

Sarah Jo Brown